4. California Taxes paid by residents as pct. of income
: 11.2% Total state and local taxes collected
: $172.63 billion (the highest) Pct. of total taxes paid by residents
: 84.5% (the highest) Pct. of total taxes paid by non-residents
: 15.5% (the lowest)
In 2010, the state collected individual income taxes amounting to $1,229 a person, the fifth-highest in the country. There were seven different tax brackets in California, with income over $1 million for both individuals and couples taxed at 10.3%, higher than all top tax rates with the exception of Hawaii’s. Currently, the state levies a 7.25% general sales or use tax — the highest in the country. Those who refuel in California had to pay 36 cents per gallon in excise taxes and fees — the third-highest amount in the country.
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